Why didn't I get the job?

GlobalSportsJobs outlines some of the main reasons why people fail to win jobs in the sports industry.

You lied on your application

Everything you put on your application is discoverable. If an employer finds out that something you’ve said isn’t true it’s almost certain that they will immediately disregard you as a candidate. Employers are well trained in spotting potential lies on a CV. And if not, these lies are more than likely to be uncovered at the interview stage.

Use your CV and covering letter to highlight your strengths and suitability for the role but don’t stretch the truth to the point where you’re not portraying an accurate image of your skills and experience. If you’re not right for the job, don’t apply.

You didn't sell yourself

It’s all about selling yourself to the employer and getting across why you’re the candidate that should get the role above everyone else. Go over the job description so you can sell to the employer the key points about yourself that make you right for the role. Also look up some of the key interview questions that employers often ask and practice your interview technique with others. They may be able to give you an insight as to how you come across and how you may be able to improve.

You didn’t draw upon examples

Employers don’t just want to hear the common speech that you’re dedicated, organised and a team player. Whatever you say – you need to prove it. They want to be given specific examples of when you’ve proved these traits in your past experiences. Avoid listing off a number of qualities without offering the interviewer examples of when you’ve demonstrated them.

You weren't prepared

Research the organisation fully. You should have done this before the interview stage, but take time to go over your research again and familiarise yourself. Questions which the employer may ask are “Who do you think are our main competitors?” or “Tell us what you like about our company.” You need to be able to answer these questions accurately and confidently. If you’ve not taken the time to research the company, you’re not going to come across as a dedicated candidate for the role.

You didn't clear up your online presence

It’s the potential downside of social media. It’s now very common for employers to research about a potential employee by searching for them on social networking sites. It gives them an insight into you as a person outside of a formal environment such as a job interview.

Although this has its advantages, it’s also created a lot of problems for candidates when employers find something which they don’t want to see. Check the security preferences of all your social media profiles. Make sure that everything that you publish is something that you wouldn’t mind a potential boss to see. Don’t have anything online that would turn someone against hiring you as an employee.

You came across negative

Employers want an enthusiastic employee and one who will fit in well with the team. One of the big reasons why recruiters are turned off is by a candidate’s attitude. Whether you meant to come across in a negative way or not, if you appear bored, agitated or arrogant, it’s going to put the employer off.

Find out some of the key formalities and body language which should and should not be used at an interview. Again, find someone to help you practice how you come across as they may spot bad habits which you may not be aware of.

You didn’t show long-term potential

Employers want people in their organisation to have the desire to work their way up so it’s important to show that you can and want to grow within their company. At the end of the interview ask questions such as “how do you see the role evolving in the years to come” or “what is the potential for promotion in the future?” It shows that you have envisioned your future at the organisation.

Top tip

Regardless of how the interview goes, turn each meeting into a positive. After each interview take the time to analyse what went well and what could have been done better. If you have the opportunity to ask for feedback, do so.

Remember, if you were the second or third choice candidate, slightly adjusting your interview technique might be what gets you the job the next time round.


Reasons Outside Your Control

You might feel that you were a perfect match to the requirements, put forward an amazing application and impressed the employer at the interview. But as many of us know, this still doesn’t guarantee you a job offer. Sometimes if you’re not the successful candidate it has nothing to do with your qualifications or performance in the application process but is due to external factors which are largely out of your control.

Budget or organisational issues

We all know the current economic climate is making it difficult for employers and this can have a direct impact on the position you’re applying for. For example, if the company does not achieve its target in a certain area, budgets may be reduced and this may lead to a cut in the money which would have originally been used to pay for the position.

Another factor may be if a company unexpectedly decides upon a reorganisation of their staff. Employers may then be unlikely to hire further until these changes have settled.

The job was cancelled / changed

More simply, it may just have not been necessary to fill the job at the time. Whether the company is not busy enough or it’s decided that there’s no long-term potential for the role, a company may then decide not to hire at all for the job.

Alternatively, if changes have been made within the organisation and the job itself was redefined, the essential knowledge and experience required for the role may have been changed, making you a less appropriate candidate for the role.

Internal hire

Although advertised publicly, some employers may already have an internal candidate in mind for a role. It’s very difficult to get ahead of these candidates as most organisations would prefer to offer a current employee the chance for advancement or change rather than hiring externally.

Another factor out of your control is if a candidate already has well-established connections within the company and was referred by one of their contacts. In this case they may ultimately be the lower-risk option for the employer. Although this is out of your control, work on building your network throughout your career. This may help you in these situations in the future and you may become the candidate with the connections.

Wrong 'fit' for the company

Ultimately if lots of applicants have the right skills and knowledge for a role, it’ll often come down to who is the best fit for the company and who the employer connects with best during the interview. This is a factor which is largely out of your control. You can work on your first impression up to a certain point, but interviewers will often have a clear vision of the candidate they are looking for. If there is another candidate that better suits this ideal, there’s not much you can do about it.

It’s important to stay true to yourself and not try and force chemistry to work with the interviewer. Some companies will be looking for a particular kind of personality to fit in with office dynamics. If you don’t fit in with this then the chances are that you’re not right for the organisation and not being hired is probably the right choice.

Top tip

Don’t get disheartened when you’re not offered a job and don’t see each time as a personal failure. Try to focus on the aspects of a job application which are in your control and how to improve on these. Every interview is good practice and don’t dwell on negative past experiences. Evaluate your past interviews, then move on and practise your technique to help you come across as the right candidate in the future.

Reproduced with kind permission of GlobalSportsJobs (www.globalsportsjobs.com)